Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
CH 242
Course Title:
Organic Chemistry II
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Course Description

Introduces radical reactions; substitution and elimination reaction mechanisms; structure and chemistry of alcohols, ethers, epoxides and their sulfur analogues; introduction to organometallic compounds; arenes and aromaticity; structure and chemistry of aromatic compounds; NMR, UV-VIS and Mass Spectroscopy; special topics are included as time and interest permits. This is the second course in a three course sequence. Students receive Oregon Universities Systems upper division credit for Organic Chemistry 241, 242, and 243, upon successful completion of the ACS Organic Exam in CH 243. Prerequisites: CH 241. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

The course covers aspects of each of the following: Structure and Chemistry of Alkenes, Structure and Chemistry of Alkynes, Conjugation in Alkenes, Concerted Reactions (Diels Alder), Arenes and Aromaticity, Structure and Chemistry of Aromatic Compounds, UV-VIS Spectroscopy. Special topics are included as time and interest permits.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of Chemistry 241

Chemistry 242 is the second term of a one-year sequence of an Organic Chemistry course designed for science majors, chemical engineering majors, and pre-professional students. An agreement made with the State Universities in Oregon will allow students to receive upper division credit for Organic Chemistry 241, 242, and 243, upon successful completion of the ACS Organic Exam in CH 243. The aim of the year long course is to bring a realistic approach to the study of mechanisms and functional group chemistry, and to provide an emphasis on the biological environment, and medical applications of organic chemistry. Chemistry 242 is a five-credit course that meets three hours per week for lecture, three hours per week for lab, and one hour per week for recitation.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion students should be able to:

· Collaborate effectively with a diverse team to collect, analyze, and effectively communicate organic chemistry data in the laboratory to
formulate models and generate further inquiry using the scientific method.
· Use knowledge of organic chemistry reactions, mechanisms, and spectroscopy techniques to reason qualitatively and quantitatively.
· Communicate complex scientific concepts and reasoning effectively, orally and through formal and informal writings and reports, including the ability to locate reliable peer-reviewed sources of information, especially when related to spectroscopy and complex reaction pathways.
· Apply critical thinking skills to situations in the real world involving chemical principles of organic chemistry to evaluate factors such as
the limitations arising from the complexity of reaction mechanisms.
· Assess the impact of chemical theory on phenomena encountered in everyday life, including an appraisal of human responsibility
for the preservation of the natural world in balance with the constructed environments we inhabit.
· Use sustainability ideas and tools to identify and assist green chemistry innovation.

Course Activities and Design

The entire course promotes different types of learning: active, collaborative, and independent learning. The lecture portion of this class is designed to stimulate interest in the subject and promotes active, collaborative, and independent learning. The laboratory utilizes microscale equipment, modern analytical instrumentation, and the application of typical laboratory procedures. The lab portion of this class is used to promote both collaborative and active learning in a lab setting and engage the student in the world of science through individual research projects. The recitation portion of this class, through team learning, focuses on small group problem solving.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

At the beginning of this course, the instructor will detail the methods used to evaluate student progress and the criteria for assigning a course grade. These methods will include one or more of the following: written examinations, quizzes, homework assignments, laboratory write-ups, research papers, small group problem solving, oral presentations, or maintenance of a notebook.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content:
1.0 Structure, Function, and Reactivity of
     1.1 Alkenes
     1.2 Alkynes
     1.3 Aromatic Compounds
2.0 Special Bonding Concepts in
     2.1 Conjugated Alkenes
     2.2 Arenes
     2.3 Concerted Reactions
3.0 Spectroscopic Techniques
     3.1 UV-VIS Spectroscopy